Rachel Gomme

Knitting a Rothko

Sitting amid a sea of yarn, a lone knitter creates a slowly growing panel echoing one of Mark Rothko's paintings.


Domestic craft collides with monumental artwork as the 'painting' hangs in the gallery after the performance, its unfinished edge trailing yarn and suggesting its continuation down the wall.


This quiet, visually arresting durational performance speaks of time and timelessness, the transcendental and the everyday, of mundane labour and iconic art.

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Images from performances at


The Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, El Paso, Texas


R-Space gallery, Libsurn, Northern Ireland